Young Hawks players embracing team's history

March, 17, 2009
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On Tuesday night, the Blackhawks will play the role of the villain in their potentially historic tilt with the Devils in Newark. New Jersey icon Martin Brodeur will be shooting to break Patrick Roy's regular-season wins record in front of the home fans. Of course, you already know that.

You might not know a lot about these Hawks, who are anything but bad guys. In fact, they've got some young people on that team who really seem to get it.

Chicago Tribune columnist Melissa Isaacson chronicled the latest too-good-to-believe-it's-true story about this interesting group. It involves young superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and a really surprised youth hockey team.

Do yourself a favor and check out Isaacson's column.

If you're a hockey fan (and why are your reading this if you are not?), I think you'll be really happy you did. Without giving too much away, I think it's important to note that both Toews and Kane talk about the influence legendary Hawks Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita have had on them.

Smart teams embrace their past. In recent times, Hawks management has reached out to their past players. In this case, Hull and Mikita continue to have a significant impact on the franchise they helped build.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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